Gay marriage. The death penalty. Abortion. Health care. Cell phone privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard cases on all of these topics in recent years, and its decisions ultimately touch the lives of all Americans. In this class we will study the Supreme Court's place in the U.S. legal system. Topics we will cover include: how a case gets to the court, the justices, the role of lawyers before the court, the purpose of oral argument, the court building and its symbolism, and media coverage of the court. Readings will range from newspaper and magazine stories to law review articles. At least once during the semester students will attend an oral argument, and cases currently before the court will be used as a reference point for class discussion. This class is geared not only toward anyone who is interested in the law or government service but also toward anyone interested in working on or being informed about the biggest issues of the day.
*Required for all semester students enrolled in the Congress, Supreme Court, International Relations, International Development and Media seminars: The last four weeks of this semester (March 20 – April 2, including Spring Break) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. See syllabus below. Please contact Dr. Diascro at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Professor Gresko will teach the U.S. Supreme Court seminar on Thursdays, from January 12-March 14. She will be your official instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the semester.
**NO additional registration required.
Four Week Module Syllabus (forthcoming).